Cops who killed wanted man un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

THE Provin­cial In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice (PIAS) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal is con­duct­ing a moto pro­pio in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the three po­lice­men for killing a wanted per­son who ran amok at Barangay 6-A, Vic­to­rias City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal on Jan­uary 10.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Joy El­laga, deputy chief of Vic­to­rias City Po­lice Sta­tion, said Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 Chris­tian Palmes, Po­lice Of­fi­cer 2 Loue Jay Lo­raez,

and Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 Ronilo Maru were among the sta­tion per­son­nel who re­sponded to a call for as­sis­tance in the said vil­lage at 1 a.m.

When the po­lice ar­rived at the scene, they saw the sus­pect Sa­muel Pa­len­cia, armed with a bolo, and al­legedly at­tack­ing those in the area.

The said po­lice­men paci­fied Pa­len­cia, who was re­port­edly un­der the in­flu­ence of in­tox­i­cat­ing liquor, but the lat­ter ig­nored them and ran.

He was chased by the po­lice of­fi­cers, prompt­ing him to at­tack Palmes with a bolo.

Palmes at­tempted to shoot him us­ing his is­sued M16 ri­fle but the sus­pect at­tacked him again.

Palmes was able to evade the at­tack by block­ing the bolo with the ri­fle, but he fell to the ground.

The sus­pect was able to get the ri­fle and fired it but no­body was hit.

This prompted Palmes’ com­pan­ions Lo­raez and Maru to fire at the sus­pect.

The sus­pect suc­cumbed to four gun­shot wounds.

El­laga said Pa­len­cia suf­fered a ner­vous break­down. He’s not been eat­ing and sleep­ing for five days al­ready.

Prior to the in­ci­dent, the vic­tim re­port­edly chased his part­ner with a bolo, El­laga said.

He also had an ar­rest war­rant for mur­der when he com­mit­ted a crime in the city in 2011.

He’s a na­tive of Cadiz City but he’s been hid­ing for al­most eight years, El­laga said.

El­laga said they will wait for the re­sults if the in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion of PIAS but she stressed that the ac­tion of the re­spond­ing per­son­nel can be jus­ti­fied since there were wit­nesses who can tes­tify on the in­ci­dent.

They did it be­cause they also de­fended them­selves and the peo­ple in the area, she added.

“We do not want the same in­ci­dent that hap­pened to Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 2 An­to­nio Broce Jr. who was killed while re­spond­ing to a call for as­sis­tance last year,” she said.

El­laga said the three po­lice­men are still ren­der­ing their du­ties at the po­lice sta­tion.

She also said that the fam­ily of the sus­pect is not will­ing to file a case against the three po­lice of­fi­cers.*

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